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Eagle One

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#1 13 years ago

ok, here it goes a number of weeks ago i got an AMD64 system (check sig for specs) and i was looking foward to trying out the Windows XP 64bit BETA, but it was only a week or two before i got my computer that the BETA trial closed, and damn was i annoyed. well, ive seen in many places and read reviews about X64 and from what ive heard, there are some good thins, but some bad things aswell. I was actually thinking about buying XP Pro from XP home which came with my computer, but now X64 is out, im looking at that. Right, ill get down to the question. I have a uncertainty about the driver issues with X64, now i know there are very few 64bit drivers out, but i understand that nvidia have drivers for XP 64bit edition so, will i need to wait untill everything i have has 64bit compatible drivers or will they just work with windows? Also, i dont know anything about BIOS's or all that, will i need to flash my bios in order for it to work with 64bit windows at all? Thanks guys, Very Much Appriciated




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#2 13 years ago

There are at least skeletal drivers for anything you need to make a computer run under X64. That doesn't mean that there are good drivers, however (Logitech, for example, has delayed 64-bit drivers for their products until June or July, forget which: the HIDs still have basic functionality, but things like multimedia keys are non functional). Also, 16-bit programs will not work. Period. Is this a problem? Possibly, if you still use 16-bit programs, you might think. But it seems that a lot of 32-bit programs are still using 16-bit installers, which don't work anymore under X64. Something to be aware of. Performance gains are nonexistant. I'd be of a mindset to wait until XP is properly succeeded before bothering.




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#3 13 years ago

No, you will not need to Flash your BIOS. If it supports a 64-bit processor, then it is ready for Windows XP 64-bit.

As for the driver issue. Do you use ATA/IDE drives, or SATA? If you use SATA, then imagine not being able to install your SATA drivers, because there Are no 64-bit drivers.

Many games will not run without a sound card, and will instead just crash out. So make sure your sound card has WinXP64 drivers.

Most Joysticks will only have limited functionality, via the Gaming Options control panel.

Bluetooth, and Wireless devices will probably not work. Special USB Mice, that have more than 3 buttons, and a two-way scroll will probably not work, or have limited functionality. Ethernet Cards, and Modems require drivers. So if you do get WinXP64 to install and run, and play a game. You may not be able to get online.

Most motherboards will not work. Since Windows needs drivers for a dozen different peices of hardware, to work properly.

AGP drivers (if it uses AGP). PCI-Express drivers (If it uses PCI) IDE bus drivers Power Management Controller drivers ISA bus drivers PCI bus drivers USB port drivers Wireless port Drivers Ethernet Drivers

On, and On... So I would check and see if anyone else has had success, first. Don't upgrade your existing install. Instead buy WinXP64 seperately. If you upgrade your XP License, then Microsoft will probably not validate your previous copy of Windows XP.




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#4 13 years ago

ok, so ill leave it for now, ill wait until there is noticible differance between 32 and 64bit thanks




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#5 13 years ago

I should wait a while until 64 bit is more mainstream, once the hardware companies get their drivers sorted then it will be worth while, as far as i know you cannot buy xp64 as a retail item, its only available when you buy a pc at the moment


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#6 13 years ago
I should wait a while until 64 bit is more mainstream, once the hardware companies get their drivers sorted then it will be worth while, as far as i know you cannot buy xp64 as a retail item, its only available when you buy a pc at the moment

you can get it here though http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=7814532241&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=89195